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Commencement Information for Faculty

Graduate Commencement Ceremony - December 15, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony - December 16, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

The winter commencement ceremonies are December 15 for graduate students and December 16 for undergraduate students. The graduate ceremony is 7:00 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center and the undergraduate ceremony is 11:00 a.m. in Heiges Field House.

  • Faculty Participation: The Commencement Committee encourages faculty to participate. An email will be sent to determine the number of faculty participants to provide an accurate count of required seats.  Please respond to the email or use Register Now form if you plan to participate in the faculty procession.
  • Cap and Gown:Faculty members who wish to order academic regalia are asked to contact the University Store at ext. 1600 from on campus or 717-477-1600 from off campus. If you would like to attend, but do not wish to order regalia, there is a robe sharing program in the APSCUF office. Please contact the office to arrange a loaner.
  • Diploma Presentation: If you want to present a diploma cover to a family member or a student who is graduating, please email by December 8. Please include the graduate’s name and college in the email.
  • Robing:For the undergraduate ceremony, please use the lobby entrance to Heiges Field House. Faculty, the platform party, administrators, special participants, etc., will all assemble and robe in the locker room area by no later than 10:30 a.m.
  • Academic Procession: The undergraduate academic procession will form at 10:45 a.m. and start promptly at 11:00 a.m. The mace bearer will lead the processional followed by members of the 50-year class, graduates, faculty, trustees, administrators, and then the platform party. The mace bearer will also lead the recessional followed by the platform party, administrators, trustees, and faculty.
  • Inclement Weather: In case of inclement weather on the day of the undergraduate ceremony, information about commencement will be available on Hotline (717-477-1200). Hotline will be updated as needed. Final information will be available by 7:00 a.m. on December 16. Hotline, the university’s website, and the university’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, are the official sources of information about commencement.

Should you have any questions concerning your participation in the undergraduate ceremony, please e-mail  

Should you have any questions concerning your participation in the graduate ceremony, please contact Brian Johnson at